Times aren't great when the "supreme leader" of Iran is promising double the relatiation if the US strikes to take out their nuclear program. The ultimate trick to negotiating the situation with Iran will be finding a way to keep the belligerent leadership there from acting violently without making Iran's huge population of young people hate America. Something's going to happen, especially with the news that Iran has missiles that could reach Europe. Unfortunately, decisions of late have indicated that we aren't doing the smart things to win over the Iranian public.
When politicians come calling, bringing promises of checks with no strings attached, it's probably a sign something's wrong. And $100 gas rebate checks are definitely not the right idea.
You're invited to review the full list of reasons a gas rebate isn't a useful idea, but here's the 30-second summary:
- Government intervention only encourages a death spiral of dependency
- A rebate will act merely as a subsidy to the oil companies
- The rebate comes from a supply of money we don't have
- The government is still part of the problem
- Rebate checks won't do anything to solve the bottom-line problem of energy use and supply
Just to prove that the private sector can do these kinds of things, consider the plan to fix the emergency-radio problems observed on 9/11 and in New Orleans.
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